[Haskell-cafe] Is there a generic way to detect "mzero"?
het32 at cornell.edu
Mon Mar 26 21:46:11 CEST 2012
I don't think your code works in general, since it is not guaranteed that
x' == mzero is allowed unless (m b) is an instance of Eq. I'm unsure if you
are able to test for mzero in general.
On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM, Jeff Shaw <shawjef3 at msu.edu> wrote:
> can :: (MonadPlus m) => (a -> m b) -> a -> Bool
>> can f x = case f x of
>> mzero -> False
>> _ -> True
>> I got a warning:
>> Warning: Pattern match(es) are overlapped
>> In a case alternative: _ -> ...
>> Ok, modules loaded: Main.
> The problem here is that when you match on "f x", your first match is an
> identifier that matches anything at all, and binds it to mzero. I think
> what you're looking for is
> can f x = case f x of
> x' | x' == mzero -> False
> _ -> True
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